Alice L. Marriott

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Alice L. Marriott

Alice L. Marriott

“Marriott was the first woman to get a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Oklahoma.”
The Oklahoman/The Associated Press, 1992


Alice Lee Marriott was born in Illinois and moved with her family to Oklahoma City in 1917. She graduated from Central High School in 1926 and received her first degree from Oklahoma City University in 1930. For the next two years Miss Marriott worked as a cataloger in the public library in Muskogee and devoted much of her time to building library collections on local history, and began studying the ethnology of Indian tribes of eastern Oklahoma. In 1934, she began her studies in Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, where she did extensive research involving several Oklahoma sites, including Spiro Mound, and conducted field work in ethnology among the Kiowa Indians. Results of her studies were later published in several books. Along with her writing, Miss Marriott worked extensively with state and national museums and exhibits on Indian culture and crafts. She was the first field specialist in Indian Arts and Crafts for the U.S. Department of the Interior (1937-1943) and, in the 1950s, began teaching at the University of Oklahoma and at Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma) in Edmond. She continued to author and co-author books on the subjects of Southwestern Indian culture throughout the rest of her life.

Fun fact

Alice Marriott was the first woman to be inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.

Oklahoma connections

Marriott came with her family to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the age of seven.


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Relevant Exhibits

Beyond the Portraits: Artists and Their Subjects

Beyond the Portraits: Artists and Their Subjects

This exhibition is an exploration of the diverse range of portrait artists featured within the Gaylord-Pickens Museum’s collection of portraits and busts. The eight artworks selected were created between 1924-2004 and showcase a wide range of artistic styles.